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Course Outcome

Become a Startup Entrepreneur
Learn how to create a business plan, a sales deck and a MVP design.

Get Trained

Learn how to use a Lean Canvas to create your Business Model, Financial Viability Plan, How to Sales Canvas, Sales Presentation and MVP Design

Get Experiential

With the guidance of experienced mentors, create a Business Plan, a Sales Deck and a MVP Design

Get Certified

Upon successful course completion, learners will receive the following NICF Statement of Attainments (SOA):

  • IT-CIO-405S-1  Select new technology models for business (CV 2)
  • IT-MC-401S-1 Perform competitive analysis (CV 1)
  • IT-SA-401S-1 Develop Sales Proposal & Quotation (2 CV)
  • IT-GSM-401S-1 Develop and plan sales and marketing activities (2 CV)
  • IT-BD-402S-1 - Establish and track the organization’s market position (2 CV)
  • IT-DIG-403S-1- Deploy content delivery network (2 CV)

How You Learn

How You Learn?

Learning & Course Duration 
When you enrol, you will commit to the following learning hours.

Learning Duration (GLH) - 48.5 Hours / Module

On Campus Hours
Up to 12.5 hours / module
Off Campus Hours
Up to 36 hours / module

Course Duration with Study Options

Full Time

6 Weeks

3 days a week

(8 hrs a day)

Part Time

12 Weeks

4 days a week

(3 hrs a day)

* Guided Learning Hours

Course Structure

Course Structure

NICF - Express Entrepreneur

Lithan’s Express Entrepreneur course objective is to provide learners with the knowledge and skills to start and run a startup. The Learner will learn how to use the Lean Canvas to create a Business Plan, which includes a Financial Viability Plan. The Learner will also learn how to create a Sales Canvas and a Sales Presentation. The Learner will also learn how to plan a MVP design by considering the MVP Outcomes, Features and User Flow.

 

By end of this course, the learner will be able to perform the following activities:

  • Build a Business model using techniques like Lean Canvas
  • Design your MVP
  • Build a Sales Canvas
  • Create a Sales Deck

 

The Course consists of the following three (3) modules which are aligned with WSQ NICF competency units:

  • Innovative Venture Creation
  • Agile MVP Design
  • Product Marketing and Sales

Course Modules :

Outline Schedule

IVC (2.2) - NICF - Innovative Venture Creation

Module Name

NICF - Innovative Venture Creation

Session Outline Activities

Session 1: Orientation & Lecture - Live (3 hrs)

The student has to attend a Live Orientation Session conducted at LA campus or go through a recording of the Orientation Session.

After the Orientation, the Learning Facilitator will introduce the module by conducting the lectures on:

IU 0: Setting Expectations & Deliverables

IU 0: Introduction to teamie

IU 1: Introduction to Lean Startup Concepts

Session 2: E-learning- Off campus (3 hrs)

The Student will engage in e-learning to LEARN IU1 to IU3:

  • IU 2: Lean Startup Methodology: Build-Measure-Learn
  • IU 3: Define Problem & Solution

The Student should complete self-assessments

Student can approach Online Support for any queries or guidance

The student has an option to attend Live Flipped Class session of IU1 - IU3 if the Learning Facilitation session is scheduled in the Published Schedule

Session 3: Assignment – Off campus (3 hrs)

The Student will  PERFORM the Assignment 1 related to IU1 -  IU3.

The Learning Facilitator shall review the Assignment  and assign scores as part of Formative Assessment 

Session 4: E-learning- Off campus (3 hrs)

The Student will engage in e-learning to LEARN the following IUs:

  • IU 4:Buyer Persona
  • IU 5:Unique Value proposition

The Student should complete self-assessments

Student can approach Online Support for any queries or guidance

The student has an option to attend Live Flipped Class session of IU4 & IU5 if the Learning Facilitation session is scheduled in the Published Schedule

Session 5: Assignment – Off campus (3 hrs)

The Student will  PERFORM the Assignment 2 related to IU4 & IU5.

The Learning Facilitator shall review the Assignment and assign scores as part of Formative Assessment 

Session 6: E-learning- Off campus (3 hrs)

The Student will engage in e-learning to LEARN the following IUs:

  • IU 6: Revenue Streams
  • IU 7: Channels

The Student should complete self-assessments

Student can approach Online Support for any queries or guidance

The student has an option to attend Live Flipped Class session of IU6 & IU7  if the Learning Facilitation session is scheduled in the Published Schedule

Session 7: E-Learning - Off Campus (3 Hours)

The Student will engage in e-learning to LEARN the following IUs:

  • IU 8: Business Viability & Cost Structures
  • IU 9: Pitch for fund raising

The Student should complete self-assessments

Student can approach Online Support for any queries or guidance

The student has an option to attend Live Flipped Class session of IU8 & IU9 if the Learning Facilitation session is scheduled in the Published Schedule

Session 8: Assignment – Off campus (3 hrs)

The Student will PERFORM the Assignment 3 related to IU6 - IU9

The Learning Facilitator shall review the Assignment and assign scores as part of Formative Assessment 

Session 9: Mentoring- Live (3 hrs)

The Mentor will conduct a project orientation, discuss the project brief, expectations and guidelines

After session: 

  • Student should complete the tasks up to the milestone 1 (off campus – 3 hrs)
  • Student can seek online support if needed

Session 10: Mentoring - Live (3 hrs)

  • Student should present the project up to milestone 1 and seek mentor’s feedback.
  • Student can seek support & guidance for the milestone 2  of the project
  • Mentor will provide necessary feedback & guidance

After session:

  • Student should complete the tasks up to the milestone 2 (off campus – 3 hrs) 
  • Student can seek online support if needed
  • Students should use the feedback  given by the mentor & peer learners to enhance the project

Session 11: Mentoring - Live (3 hrs)

  • Student should present the project up to milestone 2 and seek mentor’s feedback
  • Student can seek support & guidance for the milestone 3  of the project
  • Mentor will provide necessary feedback & guidance

After session:

  • Student should complete the tasks up to the milestone 3 (off campus – 3 hrs) 
  • Student can seek online support if needed
  • Students should use the feedback  given by the mentor & peer learners to enhance the project

Session 12: Summative Assessment (30 mins)

Assessor will review and provide feedback on the project 

Before session: Student should submit the project report on the LMS

During session: Student will make the final project presentation

Module Name

NICF - Innovative Venture Creation

Competency Unit

IT-CIO-405S-1 PDSE : Select new technology models for business (2 CV)

IT-MC-401S-1 PDSE : Perform competitive analysis (1 CV)

By the end of this module, the learner should be able to gain the following knowledge:

  • Understand the Lean Canvas methodology and various blocks of Lean Canvas
  • Learn how to build a Business Model using Lean Canvas
  • How to Identify the Problems you are addressing using your Startup / Business Idea
  • How to define the Solutions you are offering to address the problems
  • How to identify the target customer segments and channels
  • Understand the various funding options available for your startup
  • Understand how to determine financial viability
  • Understand the importance of Go-to-Market Strategies and channel development

By the end of this module, the learner should be able to apply the following skills:

  • Design and deliver an investor brief pitch presentation
  • Craft a comprehensive investor ready business plan
  • Determine relevance of revenue models for your organisation
  • Analyse and plan approaches in outsourcing strategies

PMS - NICF - Product Marketing & Sales

Module Name

NICF - Product Marketing & Sales

Session Outline Activities

Session 1: Orientation & Lecture - Live (3 hrs)

The student has to attend a Live Orientation Session conducted at LA campus or go through a recording of the Orientation Session.

After the Orientation, the Learning Facilitator will introduce the module by conducting the lectures on:

  • IU 1: Introduction to Sales canvas

Session 2: E-learning- Off campus (3 hrs)8

The Student will engage in e-learning to LEARN IU2 

  • IU 2: Develop Sales Canvas
  • IU3: Customer Persona & product Market fit

The Student should complete self-assessments

Student can approach Online Support for any queries or guidance

The student has an option to attend Live Flipped Class session of IU2 & IU3  if the Learning Facilitation session is scheduled in the Published Schedule

Session 3: Assignment – Off campus (3 hrs)

The Student will  PERFORM the Assignment 1 related to IU1 & IU3

The Learning Facilitator shall review the Assignment and assign scores as part of Formative Assessment 

Session 4: E-learning- Off campus (3 hrs)

The Student will engage in e-learning to LEARN the following IUs:

  • IU4: Discovery Phase
  • IU5: Solutioning Phase

The Student should complete self-assessments

Student can approach Online Support for any queries or guidance

The student has an option to attend Live Flipped Class session of IU4 - IU5 if the Learning Facilitation session is scheduled in the Published Schedule

Session 5: Assignment – Off campus (3 hrs)

The Student will  PERFORM the Assignment 2 related to I4 & IU5.

The Learning Facilitator shall review the Assignment  and assign scores as part of Formative Assessment 

The student has an option to attend Live Flipped Class session of IU4 & IU5  if the Learning Facilitation session is scheduled in the Published Schedule

Session 6: E-learning- Off campus (3 hrs)

The Student will engage in e-learning to LEARN the following IUs:

  • IU6: Closing Phase
  • IU7: After sales Engagement

The Student should complete self-assessments

Student can approach Online Support for any queries or guidance

The student has an option to attend Live Flipped Class session of IU6 - IU7 if the Learning Facilitation session is scheduled in the Published Schedule

Session 7: E- learning - Off campus (3 Hours)

The Student will engage in e-learning to LEARN the following IUs:

  •  IU8: Develop and implement Sales Kit

The Student should complete self-assessments

Student can approach Online Support for any queries or guidance

Activity Description

Session 8: Project Orientation + Mentoring - Live (3 hrs)

The Mentor will conduct a project orientation, discuss the project brief, expectations and guidelines

After session: 

  • Student should complete the tasks up to the milestone 1 (off campus – 3 hrs)

Student can seek online support if needed

Session 9: Mentoring - Live (3 hrs)

  • Student should present the project up to milestone 1 and seek mentor’s feedback.
  • Student can seek support & guidance for the milestone 2  of the project
  • Mentor will provide necessary feedback & guidance

After session:

  • Student should complete the tasks up to the milestone 2 (off campus – 3 hrs) 
  • Student can seek online support if needed
  • Students should use the feedback given by the mentor & peer learners to enhance the project

Session 10: Mentoring - Live (3 hrs)

  • Student should present the project up to milestone 2 and seek mentor’s feedback
  • Student can seek support & guidance for the milestone 3  of the project
  • Mentor will provide necessary feedback & guidance

After session:

  • Student should complete the tasks up to the milestone 3 (off campus – 3 hrs) 
  • Student can seek online support if needed
  • Students should use the feedback  given by the mentor & peer learners to enhance the project

Session 11: Summative Assessment (30 mins)

Assessor will review and provide feedback on the project 

Before session: Student should submit the project report on the LMS

During session: Student will make the final project presentation

Module Name

NICF - Product Marketing & Sales

Competency Unit

IT-SA-401S-1 PDSE : Develop Sales Proposal & Quotation (2 CV)

IT-GSM-401S-1 PDSE : Develop and plan sales and marketing activities (2 CV)

By the end of this module, the learner should be able to gain the following knowledge:

  • Understand what Customer Personas are
  • Understand how to validate Product Market Fit
  • Understand how to improve sales performance using structured methodology
  • Understand how to create Unique Value Proposition for product/services positioning
  • Understand Customer Buying journey and anticipate objections
  • Understand how to prepare sales scripts for different phases of selling
  • Understand the importance of differentiated sales approaches for better customer engagement

By the end of this module, the learner should be able to apply the following skills:

  • Define specific Customer Personas
  • Construct a viable Product Market Fit Matrix
  • Develop a targeted marketing communication strategy
  • Create a comprehensive one page summary of sales strategy
  • Craft an effective Sales Presentation
  • Create sales scripts for different phases of selling
  • Craft a customized sales kit for your organization 

AE(2.2) - Agile MVP Design

Module Name

Agile MVP Design

Session Outline Activities

Session 1: Orientation & Lecture - Live (3 hrs)

The student has to attend a Live Orientation Session conducted at LA campus or go through a recording of the Orientation Session.

After the Orientation, the Learning Facilitator will introduce the module by conducting the lectures on:

IU1: Agile Startups and MVP Approach

Session 2: E-learning- Off campus (3 hrs)

The Student will engage in e-learning to LEARN IU1 to IU3

  • IU2: Define product outcomes
  • IU3:Analyse your users and Customers

The Student should complete self-assessments

Student can approach Online Support for any queries or guidance

The student has an option to attend Live Flipped Class session of IU1 - IU3 if the Learning Facilitation session is scheduled in the Published Schedule

Session 3: Assignment – Off campus (3 hrs)

The Student will PERFORM the Assignment 1 related to IU1 -  IU3.

The Learning Facilitator shall review the Assignment and assign scores as part of Formative Assessment 

Session 4: E-learning- Off campus (3 hrs)

The Student will engage in e-learning to LEARN the following IUs:

  • IU 4: Analyse Competitors
  • IU 5: Define and prioritise Feature List

The Student should complete self-assessments

Student can approach Online Support for any queries or guidance

The student has an option to attend Live Flipped Class session of IU4 & IU5  if the Learning Facilitation session is scheduled in the Published Schedule

Session 5: E-learning- Off campus (3 hrs)

The Student will engage in e-learning to LEARN the following IUs:

  • IU 6: Define User flow
  • IU 7: Define MVP

The Student should complete self-assessments

Student can approach Online Support for any queries or guidance

The student has an option to attend Live Flipped Class session of  IU 6 - IU7 if the Learning Facilitation session is scheduled in the Published Schedule

Session 6: Assignment – Off campus (3 hrs)

The Student will PERFORM the Assignment 2 related to IU 4 - IU 7.

The Learning Facilitator shall review the Assignment and assign scores as part of Formative Assessment 

Session 7: E-learning- Off campus (3 hrs)

The Student will engage in e-learning to LEARN the following IUs:

  • IU 8 : Build the MVP
  • IU 9 : Test , Learn and Rebuild
  • IU10: MVP marketing and Sales
  • IU11: MVP Financials

The Student should complete self-assessments

Student can approach Online Support for any queries or guidance

The student has an option to attend Live Flipped Class session of IU8 - IU11 if the Learning Facilitation session is scheduled in the Published Schedule

Session 8: Assignments - Off Campus (3 Hours)

The Student will PERFORM the Assignment 3 related to IU 8 - IU 11.

The Learning Facilitator shall review the Assignment and assign scores as part of Formative Assessment 

Session 9: Project Orientation + Mentoring Session 1 (3 Hours)

The Mentor will conduct a project orientation, discuss the project brief, expectations and guidelines

After session: 

  • Student should complete the tasks up to the milestone 1
  • Student can seek online support if needed
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Session 10: Mentoring Session (3 Hours)

  • Student should present the project up to milestone 1 and seek mentor’s feedback
  • Student can seek support & guidance for the milestone 2  of the project
  • Mentor will provide necessary feedback & guidance

After session: 

  • Student should complete the tasks up to the milestone 2
  • Student can seek online support if needed
  • Students should use the feedback  given by the mentor & peer learners to enhance the project

Session 11: Mentoring - Live (3 Hours)

  • Student should present the project up to milestone 2 and seek mentor’s feedback
  • Student can seek support & guidance for the milestone 2  of the project
  • Mentor will provide necessary feedback & guidance

After session: 

  • Student should complete the tasks up to the milestone 3
  • Student can seek online support if needed
  • Students should use the feedback  given by the mentor & peer learners to enhance the project

Session 12: Mentoring - Live (3 Hours)

  • Student should present the project up to milestone 3 and seek mentor’s feedback
  • Student can seek support & guidance for the milestone 3  of the project
  • Mentor will provide necessary feedback & guidance

After session: 

  • Student should complete the tasks up to the milestone 3
  • Student can seek online support if needed
  • Students should use the feedback given by the mentor & peer learners to enhance the project

Session 13: Summative Assessment (30 mins)

Assessor will review and provide feedback on the project 

Before session: Student should submit the project report on the LMS

During session: Student will make the final project presentationor perform a role play

Module Name

Agile MVP Design

Competency Unit

BM-FIN-407E-1 PDSE : Conduct financial analysis of the business unit (3 CV)

IT-GSM-501S-1 PDSE : Use information to make sales and marketing-related decisions (1 CV)

By the end of this module, the learner should be able to gain the following knowledge:

  • What is MVP and why MVP approach is preferred for startups
  • MVP Process in detail
  • How to use Competitive Analysis in MVP design
  • How to define and prioritize features list
  • User Flow while using your product / service
  • How to design and build a MVP

By the end of this module, the learner should be able to apply the following skills:

  • Perform Customer need analysis for your proposed product / service
  • Perform Competitive Analysis by reviewing the feature list of competitive products and market response
  • Prepare and Prioritize features list for your MVP
  • Design your MVP

Who Should Attend

Ideal Candidates

Entry requirements

Minimum Age: 18 Years

 

Academic Level: Minimum A level or its equivalent

 

Language Proficiency: IELTS 5.5 or its equivalent

Who Should Attend

  • Individuals who want to acquire skills to run their own startup enterprise

  • Individuals who want to acquire skills to run their own startup enterprise

Advance Your Career

Advance Your Career

Programme Options

Train only Programme (CAT B funding)

Acquire skills to create your own Business Plan, Sales Deck and MVP Design by enrolling into this modular course using SSG CAT B funding

Grad Requirements

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from each of the modular course, learner should meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum attendance of 75% for all Sessions in each of the modular courses
  • Should be assessed Competent (C) in each of the modular courses

Certificates

Certificates

Following certifications will be awarded to the participant upon meeting the graduation requirements

  1. Statement of Attainment by SSG, Singapore: IT-CIO-405S-1 - Select new technology models for business
  2. Statement of Attainment by SSG, Singapore: IT-MC-401S-1 - Perform competitive analysis
  3. Statement of Attainment by SSG, Singapore: IT-SA-401S-1 - Develop sales proposals and quotations
  4. Statement of Attainment by SSG, Singapore: IT-GSM-401S-1 - Develop and plan sales and marketing
  5. Statement of Attainment by SSG, Singapore: BM-FIN-407E-1 - Conduct financial analysis of the business unit
  6. Statement of Attainment by SSG, Singapore: IT-GSM-501S-1 - Use information to make sales and marketing- related decisions

Course Fees & Funding

Course Fees & Funding
(All fees stated below, are in SGD)

For Self-sponsored Individuals

Category of Individuals
Type Singapore PR & Singapore Citizen Age >= 21 Singapore Citizen Age >= 40 Singapore Citizen Age >= 35 & earning <= 2000.00/month
Course Fee 6400.0 6400.0 6400.0
SSG Grant 1717.5 5475.0 6080.0
Nett Fee Payable 4682.5 925.0 320.0
GST Payable 448.0 448.0 448.0
Total Nett Course Fee 5130.5 1373.0 768.0
Fee Protection Scheme (inclusive of GST)* 0.0 0.0 0.0
Total Fee Payable to Lithan 5130.5 1373.0 768.0

For Company sponsored

Type of Companies
Type Non-SME & Singapore PR & Singapore Citizen Age >= 21 SME & Singapore PR & Singapore Citizen Age >= 21 SME & Singapore Citizen Age >= 35 & earning <= 2000.00/month
Course Fee 6400.0 6400.0 6400.0
SSG Grant 1717.5 5475.0 6080.0
Nett Fee Payable 4682.5 925.0 320.0
GST Payable 448.0 448.0 448.0
Total Nett Course Fee 5130.5 1373.0 768.0
Fee Protection Scheme (inclusive of GST)* 0.0 0.0 0.0
Total Fee Payable to Lithan 5130.5 1373.0 768.0

For Self-sponsored Individuals

Category of Individuals
Singapore PR & Singapore Citizen Age >= 21
Course Fee 6400.0
SSG Grant 1717.5
Nett Fee Payable 4682.5
GST Payable 448.0
Total Nett Course Fee 5130.5
Fee Protection Scheme (inclusive of GST)* 0.0
Total Fee Payable to Lithan 5130.5
Singapore Citizen Age >= 40
Course Fee 6400.0
SSG Grant 5475.0
Nett Fee Payable 925.0
GST Payable 448.0
Total Nett Course Fee 1373.0
Fee Protection Scheme (inclusive of GST)* 0.0
Total Fee Payable to Lithan 1373.0
Singapore Citizen Age >= 35 & earning <= 2000.00/month
Course Fee 6400.0
SSG Grant 6080.0
Nett Fee Payable 320.0
GST Payable 448.0
Total Nett Course Fee 768.0
Fee Protection Scheme (inclusive of GST)* 0.0
Total Fee Payable to Lithan 768.0

For Company sponsored

Type of Companies
Non-SME & Singapore PR & Singapore Citizen Age >= 21
Course Fee 6400.0
SSG Grant 1717.5
Nett Fee Payable 4682.5
GST Payable 448.0
Total Nett Course Fee 5130.5
Fee Protection Scheme (inclusive of GST)* 0.0
Total Fee Payable to Lithan 5130.5
SME & Singapore PR & Singapore Citizen Age >= 21
Course Fee 6400.0
SSG Grant 5475.0
Nett Fee Payable 925.0
GST Payable 448.0
Total Nett Course Fee 1373.0
Fee Protection Scheme (inclusive of GST)* 0.0
Total Fee Payable to Lithan 1373.0
SME & Singapore Citizen Age >= 35 & earning <= 2000.00/month
Course Fee 6400.0
SSG Grant 6080.0
Nett Fee Payable 320.0
GST Payable 448.0
Total Nett Course Fee 768.0
Fee Protection Scheme (inclusive of GST)* 0.0
Total Fee Payable to Lithan 768.0

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